Stigma Indicators Monitoring Project

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Stigma Indicators Monitoring Project Since 2015, the Stigma Indicators Monitoring Project has documented the expression and experiences of stigma and discrimination towards people affected by blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections. 

This seminar will offer a comprehensive overview of the Stigma Indicators Monitoring Project, from its inception to its findings across different affected population groups. The discussion will centre around the impacts of stigma in health service access and quality of care, implicating other research into different types of interventions aimed at reducing stigma. Respondents from community groups and government health bodies will also share examples and insights into how this research has informed stigma-related policies, practices, and education initiatives.


Professor Carla Treloar (she/her) is Scientia Professor with the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre. She conducts applied research that can be used by affected communities, policy makers and health practitioners to improve health system and societal responses.
Dr Elena Cama (she/her) is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Sydney. She is a mixed-methods early career researcher with a background in criminology, social science, and public health. Her research focuses on experiences of marginalisation and violence, including stigma and discrimination and sexual violence.
Loren Brener (she/her) is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health and Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre. Her research focuses on stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with blood-borne viruses such as HIV and viral hepatitis and the impact of this on health outcomes and quality of care.
Dr Timothy Broady (he/him) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health. His current research interests include addressing stigma and discrimination among communities affected by blood-borne viruses, HIV prevention, and the lived experiences of marginalised groups within society.
Annabelle Stevens (she/her) is the Manager of the Hepatitis Policy and Programs Unit at the NSW Ministry of Health. In this role, Annabelle is responsible for the development and management of the NSW Government response to hepatitis B and hepatitis C. She is passionate about providing equitable health care for vulnerable populations and achieving hepatitis C elimination in NSW.
Dash Heath-Paynter (he/him) is the CEO of Health Equity Matters. Based in Sydney, Health Equity Matters leads Australia’s community-controlled response to HIV as the sector’s peak body and delivers programming to build the capacity of community led HIV organisations in Asia and the Pacific. Dash’s professional background includes more than fifteen years’ experience working as a lawyer, and in public health policy providing advice on human rights and preventative health focusing on health technology and systems strengthening, cancer control, sexual health, HIV/AIDS and other blood borne viruses.
Mish Pony (they/them) is the CEO of Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association.Mish has over 15 years’ experience advocating for trans, queer and sex worker communities; including international work in the Asia Pacific Region.
Kyle Leadbeatter is Program Manager for Priority Populations and Settings at Hepatitis NSW. Kyle has a Masters in International Development and over a decade of experience in blood-borne viruses. Kyle is passionate about health equity and providing greater access to healthcare for marginalised people.

About the Stigma Indicators Monitoring Project
Stigma is associated with poor health care experiences and increased vulnerability to social isolation and mental health problems, and it can lead to health service avoidance and inadequate or inappropriate health care.

The Stigma Indicators Monitoring Project conducts routine surveys with health service providers, the Australian public, and affected population groups. These groups include men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people living with HIV, people living with viral hepatitis (B and C), and people who engage in sex work. The project aims to track the prevalence of stigma experiences over time and create research that can inform stigma reduction interventions and public health initiatives which target the prevention and management of HIV, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections. It is led by the Centre for Social Research in Health, in collaboration with community organisations and research institutes across Australia.


Online, Victoria